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B3B3 Posts: 15,073

I have what I think is old man's beard conveniently growing along a fence.(clematis-like leaf and dark red stems small flower buds)

My question is, is it controllable or should I get rid of it while I've got the chance?

In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • B3B3 Posts: 15,073
    1. I'm on my way out there right now! Thanks tetley image
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 15,073

    Job done. Didn't realise what the sneaky [email protected]@@@r was up to until I started getting it out. Can't dig too deep at the moment so will keep cutting off any shoots until surrounding plants are dormant. Thanks again tetley

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • annmarie 2annmarie 2 Posts: 155

    what an old man beard  guys never heard of one before ,what it look like

  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,977

    Its a type of Clematis annmarie2, also known as Traveller's Joy. But Tetley is sooooo right, it is no joy in a garden! But then every garden should have a challenge mine is couch grass, my son-in-law, bless him, insists I should just mow it!

    Haven't been anywhere for nine months but I'm here and I'm mostly happy
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Drive past a hedgerow in autumn and see yards of it completely covered in white, that's the stuff. 

    Prolific seeder, tough stems, deep rootimage

    Lovely. But......

  • annmarie 2annmarie 2 Posts: 155

    thanks herbaceous , ive never heard of one before and ive just googled it to see what to look for , very strange looking plant looks like cobwebs a bit image

  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,977

    I think they are quite pretty really, like nutcutlet I can only admire them in someone else's patch though!

    Haven't been anywhere for nine months but I'm here and I'm mostly happy
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,253

    Hmm...I see it is host plant to the larvae of a wide range of moths. Anyone got any seeds? image Or am I asking for trouble? image It can't be any worse than Virginia creeper can it? image 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    You're asking for trouble fishy but I expect mine will flower and seed. I'll see if I can wade through the nettles to check tomorrowimage

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,281

    I met this in the boundary of the gite we rented on hols.  The flowers smell of almonds so I had to ask our host about it,having paid €15 each fro 2 clematis flammula for my garden because they have small but prolific white flowers that smell of almonds.   One has died and the other is struggling this year after doing really well last year.

    My host assured me the stuff is rampant and they take shears to it to keep it in control but they like to keep some for the perfume and the insects.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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